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Malaysian English

Language Contact and Change


Siew Imm Tan

Malaysian English: Language Contact and Change is a corpus-based study of contemporary Malaysian English. Based on linguistic features extracted from the Malaysian English Newspaper Corpus, this study demonstrates the diverse ways in which Malaysian English has changed as a result of contact with Malay and Chinese languages. The interactions between groups of speakers who are dominant in English and those who are dominant in Malay or Chinese have resulted in wide-ranging changes in Malaysian English. Multilingual individuals who juggle several languages in their daily communications have also shaped the structure of this variety. This volume suggests that variation and change in Malaysian English are the results of both the communal acquisition and the maintenance of English by a multilingual community.


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Design: © Olaf Gloeckler, Atelier Platen, Friedberg Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Tan, Siew Imm, 1968- Malaysian English : language contact and change / Siew Imm Tan. — Peter Lang Edition. pages. cm. — (Duisburg Papers on Research in Language and Culture ; Band/Volume 98) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-3-631-63700-5 1. English language—Variation—Malaysia. 2. English langu- age—Spoken English—Malaysia. 3. Languages in contact— Malaysia. 4. Language and culture—Malaysia. 5. Interper- sonal communication—Malaysia. 6. Second language ac- quisition—Malaysia. 7. Language and languages—Study and teaching. I. Title. PE3502.M3T36 2013 427'.9595—dc23 2013016062 ISSN 0934-3709 ISBN 978-3-631-63700-5 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH. Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main · Bern · Bruxelles · New York · Oxford · Warszawa · Wien All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems. For Geoff

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